Located at 15 Chelmsford Road in the heart of Ranelagh village, only a short distance from Dublin's Grafton Street, The Gerard Byrne Studio offers an opportunity to visit one of Ireland's leading contemporary artists' studio in the setting of a Fine Art Gallery.
Gerard Byrne, born 1958 in Dublin has been a full time artist for 30 years. His artwork encompasses various themes from landscapes and architecture painted both in his native Ireland and on foreign travels, through still life, figurative and semi abstract works to the floral and botanical pieces.
Gerard grew up in Finglas, next to the National Botanic Gardens of Ireland. He drafted his first en plein air sketches in the gardens capturing the shades, light and the greenery. As a young man he learnt a trade as an electrician, primarily working in lighthouses in Ireland and then he travelled the world where he worked in the United States, Australia and Libya. Having never obtained a formal art education, instead, Gerard made art wherever he went to, teaching himself how to paint, observing the world around him and practicing. He followed the desire to paint everything he noticed.
In 1989, following a life changing decision to abandon his trade and become a full time artist, Gerard had his first solo exhibition in the George Gallery in Dublin. Many successful exhibitions later in 2003 the artist moved to Sandycove and then to Dalkey, a seaside village southeast of Dublin. Here he became known as a local painter capturing the local scenes, his inspiration was fed by the coastline, sea, light, local architecture and life itself. In 2014 the artist moved to London, challenging himself to new subjects and participating in various en plein air competitions such as Pintar Rapido and the SKY Arts Landscape Artist of the Year.
Four years later Gerard Byrne returned to his native Dublin and opened The Gerard Byrne Studio, Fine Art Gallery in Ranelagh. His homecoming was marked by a solo exhibition in the National Botanic Gardens of Ireland featuring an array of 60 botanical paintings in summer 2018. Gerard continues to have a presence internationally, his artist-in-residence at the Singapore Botanic Gardens opened in August 2019, bringing his art to a whole new audience in Asia. His works hang in the Irish Government’s art collections and in numerous commercial and private collections worldwide.
A visit to his Ranelagh studio is a chance to catch a glimpse of the artist at work and view his latest work on display. The entry is free and everyone is welcome.